13.8 C
Sunday, September 27, 2020

New Health Minister Swann ‘priority is meeting with health unions’

North Antrim MLA, Robin Swann has been appointed the new Health Minister by his party, The Ulster Unionists.

After three years of a no functioning Northern Ireland Executive, yesterday (Saturday) the MLAs came together after the two main party’s accepted a deal to restore power sharing, drafted by the British and Irish governments.

- Advertisement -

Speaking following his appointment as the new Health Minister, Robin Swann said:

“Delighted to be appointed Minister for Health. Looking forward to getting to know my portfolio and facing the challenges ahead. A priority is meeting with health unions at an early opportunity next week.”

- Advertisement -

Not resting on his laurels, Mr Swann has wasted no time in setting up that meeting with the unions, today saying:

“I am happy to confirm that contact has been made with trade unions and I will be meeting with them as soon as possible this week.

“I’m looking forward to getting this dispute sorted right away. Obviously, the financial package for the new Executive and support from other Ministerial colleagues will be central to making that happen.

“We need our nurses and other health workers back at work. There’s a massive challenge for all of us in making our health service better and our great staff have a vital role to play in that.”

The former leader of the Ulster Unionist party, joins four other MLAs in Stormont representing the North Antrim area. Mervyn Storey and Paul Frew of the current largest party the DUP, Philip McGuigan of Sinn Fein and Jim Alastair of the TUV.

- Advertisement -

DUPs Arlene Foster returns as First Minister, with Michelle O’Neil of Sinn Fein taking up the position of Deputy First Minister, the first all Woman coalition in the N.I. Executive.

Sinn Féin’s Alex Maskey will serve as Speaker following support from both his party and the DUP.

The following is a full list of the appointments yesterday:

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Four males charged with public order offences following Maghaberry disturbances

Police have charged four men, aged in their 20’s, with a number of public order offences including...

Cameras installed in Limavady as Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP address schools’ ongoing vandalism

Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has stepped in to address anti-social behaviour in Limavady by installing new temporary cameras in an area of the town. The equipment has been put in place along a laneway between St Mary’s High School and Limavady High School, after…

Police officer injured following disturbances outside Maghaberry Prison

Police have arrested four men, aged in their 20’s, following disturbances at a demonstration being held outside Maghaberry...

Coleraine, Portstewart and Dunloy drug searches

District Support Team carried out a number of searches in Coleraine, Portstewart and Dunloy yesterday as part of continuing efforts to tackle...